Selling Off the Farm Tour speakers


Sharon Treat

Senior Analyst, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Sharon Anglin Treat is a lawyer and public policy analyst. Current work focuses on the intersection of environmental, food and public health policy and international trade agreements. Recent papers include “Preempting the Public Interest” for the Center for International Environmental Law on U.S. states’ chemical and pesticide laws and regulations, and papers for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy on state-level food labeling laws and “Selling Off the Farm” on trade and industrialized meat.

A former Maine legislator, Treat served 11 terms and held leadership positions including Senate Majority Leader, and chaired committees in both the House and Senate including the Joint Standing Committees on Judiciary; Environment and Natural Resources; Insurance and Financial Services; and Health and Human Services.

A member of the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC) to the U.S. Trade Representative and of the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission, Treat has presented many times to trade negotiators concerning access to health care, tobacco policy, and environmental protections. She authored Maine Public Law Ch. 385 (2009), “An Act To Require Legislative Consultation and Approval Prior to Committing the State to Binding International Trade Agreements.”

Treat has practiced law with environmental organizations, in state government and in private practice, and taught environmental law at Maine Law School and several colleges. She was coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College from 2000-2004, and from 2004-2014 was Executive Director of the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices. Treat has an A. B. degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center.

Read her latest report on TTIP, Regulatory Cooperation and Meat Production.


Shefali Sharma

Director Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, IATP Europe

Based in Berlin, Germany, Shefali's work is currently focused on the Global Meat Complex. From the companies who dominate the global production of feed grains to meat processing and retail, her work focuses on agriculture and trade policy rules that impact food security and economic justice.

Shefali has published many reports and articles on the effects of international trade rules on food rights and developing countries, climate change and agriculture and international financial institutions’ accountability towards environmental and human rights.

She started the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Geneva office in 2000 and led the Trade Information Project for several years. She has also worked with other NGOs, such as the Malaysia-based Third World Network and served as the South Asia Coordinator of the Bank Information Center, based in Delhi. Shefali has an MPhil in development studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Sussex and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the College of William and Mary in the U.S.


Sujata Dey

Council of Canadians

Sujata Dey is the lead trade Campaigner at the Council of Canadians, Canada's leading social organization with over 100,000 members known for its work on trade agreements. Its chair, Maude Barlow, is a renowned anti-globalization activist. Ms. Barlow was pivotal in fighting Canada's first free trade agreement with the U.S, the ballot box issue of the 1988 election.

Ms. Dey coordinated the Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement report by the Council of Canadians and other groups. Recently, Ms. Dey has been active with Ms. Barlow in lobbying against CETA, the EU-Canada deal, and the TPP, the Pacific deal, at the European Parliament, the Canadian Parliament, and in national parliaments all over Europe. Ms. Dey also writes for Huffington Post on trade, and regularly comments on trade agreements.

Ms. Dey has 20 years of experience in NGOs having been the executive director of an organization and having worked on public policy within women's groups. With a communications background, she has also worked as a freelance journalist, in media relations and as a political aide at the City of Montréal. Ms. Dey has an MBA from HEC-Montréal, a Bachelor of Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University and a Cerficat en rédaction from the University of Montréal.

Read new report on Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation.